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Part IV: The Meanings of the Runes
07.02.2020
Part IV: The Meanings of the Runes
This section provides the sign, name, phoneme (sound), and short description of the meaning of each of the twenty-four runes that comprise the Elder Futhark. The given meanings are based on the medieval Rune Poems (which are conveniently available online here) exclusively. Where...
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Part III: Runic Philosophy and Magic
07.02.2020
Part III: Runic Philosophy and Magic
In the pre-Christian Germanic worldview, the spoken word possesses frightfully strong creative powers. As Scandinavian scholar Catharina Raudvere notes, “The pronouncement of words was recognized to have a tremendous influence over the concerns of life. The impact of a sentence...
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Part II: The Origins of the Runes
07.02.2020
Part II: The Origins of the Runes
While runologists argue over many of the details of the historical origins of runic writing, there is widespread agreement on a general outline. The runes are presumed to have been derived from one of the many Old Italic alphabets in use among the Mediterranean peoples of the first...
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Part I: Introduction
07.02.2020
Part I: Introduction
The first systems of writing developed and used by the Norse and other Germanic peoples were runic alphabets. The runes functioned as letters, but they were much more than just letters in the sense in which we today understand the term. Each rune was an ideographic or...
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